Personalize Professional Learning with Digital Badges and Micro-credentials

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You are invited to attend the ISTE panel discussion, Personalize Professional Learning with Digital Badges and Micro-credentials , which takes place today from 11:45am–12:45pm, in Room 301BC. Join and get the exclusive digital badge to add to your ISTE badge.

Integration of Digital Badges to Acknowledge Professional Learning

A Principal's Reflections

The following is cross-posted at Laura Fleming''s blog titled Worlds of Learning. Laura is the new media specialist at NMHS and has been challenged to develop innovative ways to create structures to recognize informal learning of both teachers and students. As a 21st Century Library Media Specialist, part of what I strive to do is to serve as an instructional technology resource for both educators and learners. ?In putting their learnings into practice in the classroom.

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Digital Badges Validate Skills for Special Needs Students

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Individuals with special needs struggle to graduate from high school and earn a diploma, much less pursue higher education or gain meaningful employment. If the badges are going to have meaning, the curriculum must have the same characteristics as other subjects.

Gamify Your Professional Learning at the CUE 2016 Fall Conference!

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Covina-Valley Unified School District teachers having way too much fun learning about Quizizz at a CUE Launch event. Professional learning can and should be fun! To that end, a group of 14 educators have been busily designing tasks, missions, and challenges for attendees.

New Merger Wants to Create ‘WeWork for Education’ Via Digital Badges and Mini-Campuses

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Southern New Hampshire University ( SNHU ) and nonprofit LRNG have agreed to merge into one behemoth education organization with an ambitious goal: to streamline the disjointed pathways between K-12, higher education and the workforce and create something altogether more cohesive. “We LRNG is a nonprofit that lets students earn badges through partnerships with businesses and community organizations. Birmingham will be ground zero for their learning and workforce model.

DIY Professional Learning

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Are you waiting for the perfect professional learning opportunity? Now you can stop waiting and design your own DIY (Do-It-Yourself) learning that leads to edtech, coding, and makerspace certificates. blog Professional Development TL Advisor Blog Leadership Coding

How Micro-Credentials Support Professional Learning

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All educators are lifelong learners, whether they’re figuring out how to incorporate the latest edtech device into their lessons or researching bios on NBA players to help a reluctant reader. On-demand—Educators can work on the skill when they need it, and where it’s convenient.

The Growing Potential of Micro-Credentials

A Principal's Reflections

There is a great deal of talk these days about micro-credentials and digital badging as a means to acknowledge professional learning of educators. Micro-credentials can be used to guide, motivate, and validate informal learning.

Agency: Important for Students and Educators

A Principal's Reflections

Empowerment and ownership need and should be associated with learning to increase relevancy, value, meaning, and outcomes. For sustainable change and innovative practices to take hold let’s evaluate the level of educator agency in our schools.

In Support of Teachers: First State Micro-credential Initiative

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The iLearnMaine Educator Micro-credential Program was announced Thursday, Oct. 15, by ACTEM and the Maine’s Learning Through Technology Team. What if schools and teachers had support for professional learning that met their needs and was on their own terms? This is the kind of support iLearnMaine Educator Micro-credential Program is designed to provide. This is also the first formal partnership between a state and Digital Promise.

Making Time vs Finding Time

A Principal's Reflections

One of the most utilized excuses in education when it comes to change is lack of time. At one point or another, we have all used the time excuse when it comes to our professional work. First and foremost, make the time to learn, grown, and get better as opposed to finding the time.

Digital Credentials Summit: Call for Participation

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DIY Professional Learning ] K12 educators and other interested parties are invited to share exemplary work on innovative uses of digital badges and learner records leveraging open standards for formal, informal, and employer-based learning at the IMS Global Digital Credentials Summit.

New Micro-credentials Provide Path to PBS Media Literacy Educator Certification

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These competency-based micro-credentials provide the pathway to earning certification as a PBS Certified Media Literacy Educator. Read on to learn more, or get started here. A certification for educators in all grades, all subjects. This blog post originally appeared on KQED.org.

Learning Transformed Course

A Principal's Reflections

The reaction to Learning Transformed has been truly humbling. All of these experiences empowered us to think about and then create a deep learning experience that could be easily accessible to all educators across the globe.

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Micro-credentials: A Promising Way to Put Educators’ Skills Front and Center

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Brent Maddin is the Provost at the Relay Graduate School of Education, Director of TeacherSquared, and a member of the Digital Promise Micro-credential Advisory Board. Or consider an academic dean observing two teachers at his school with markedly different performance, and consequently very different professional development needs. These two examples highlight some of the key limitations of today’s “seat-time” centric models for teacher professional development.

Tips for Teacher Motivation, Goal-Setting, and PLNs!

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Today, the first live event of The Goal-Minded Teacher: Challenges to Transform Student Learning ( #EduGoalsMOOC ) free open online course took place. You can still join the free course and receive badges backed by the Ministry of Education in Spain and INTEF for activities you complete.

Roadmap to a Job-Embedded Growth Model

A Principal's Reflections

I remember a few years back during a meeting with teacher leaders, a tipping point that would ultimately change the direction of professional growth at my school. Best of all, at least in my mind, was the newfound ability to learn anytime, from anywhere, with anyone in the world for free.

Four Signs It’s Time for Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

Studies suggest American schools invest $18 billion in teachers’ professional learning annually. But considerable evidence indicates that formal professional development often misses the mark. And while teachers are also learning in informal ways, existing systems don’t track or make the most of that growth. . In short, the current approach to American teachers’ professional development is falling short. 2 – The rise of digital badging.

Using Micro-credentials for Personalized Professional Development

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The Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC) is an educational service agency in rural southeastern Kentucky that serves 22 school districts, 134 schools, over 3,000 teachers, and more than 50,000 students. Learn more about our work.

Get Inspired Whether You’re at #ISTE2017 or #NotAtISTE

Teacher Reboot Camp

The last week of June I am attending the Badge Summit and ISTE convention in my hometown, San Antonio. June 24th, catch us at the Badge Summit. June 24th, is the Hack Education Unconference in San Antonio. June 24th for the Hack Education After Party sponsored by Participate.

How Microcredentials Help Educators Develop New Tech Skills

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How Microcredentials Help Educators Develop New Tech Skills. In addition to their daily task of educating students, teachers must also continue to learn. Traditionally, that requires educators to take courses, whether in the classroom or online. . In efforts to make time-mandated and compliance-based professional learning efficient, technology offers microcredentialing as a vehicle for educators to pursue personal growth.

Micro-credentials: A Promising Way to Put Educators’ Skills Front and Center

Digital Promise

Brent Maddin is the Provost at the Relay Graduate School of Education, Director of TeacherSquared, and a member of the Digital Promise Micro-credential Advisory Board. Through this design work, we’re learning a few lessons: We need to support anywhere, anytime learning.

#CUE17- The Game

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I’ve also had the opportunity to work on using digital badging as a way to document professional learning at CUE events. CUE17 Connector – This badge is all about connecting to the #CUE17 community.

Join Maine’s Learning Through Technology Team!

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The Learning Through Technology Team at the Maine Department of Education is looking for a high energy, entrepreneurial-thinking, collaborative educator who would like to work with us. Increasing access with a focus on learning. We are partnering with Digital Promise.

Designing a System to Support Continuous Learning

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In the previous post, we discussed building authentic cultures of professional learning. Today, we explore one of the design principles at the heart of micro-credentials – embracing learning as continuous process. Can I learn from someone else?"

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Partnership targets PD for educators of underserved students

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PD Learning Network and California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators announce partnership. Course participants may earn digital badges/micro-credentials and optional university credit for demonstrating competency. “We News Professional Development

It’s Time to Remake the Makerspace, But Schools Shouldn’t Go It Alone

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Across America, students are learning in new ways many of us could only imagine, tinkering, creating and experimenting in makerspaces and fab labs to solve real-world challenges. Education Technology Maker and DIY Movement

Online PD Courses Help Educators Understand Ed-Tech, Classroom Management, Study Finds

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The three biggest reasons pre-K-12 educators took online professional development courses in the past year were to learn how to use digital devices, how to use the educational software that goes on them, or to find out more about classroom behavior or management, according to a new study.

Transforming Classrooms with Deeper Learning

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Richards stumbles upon the concept of Deeper Learning — the idea that through hands-on, real-world learning, students can master academic content, improve their communication, problem-solving, and collaboration skills, and ultimately become more engaged, self-directed, and confident learners. Deeper Learning requires a new way of teaching, changing her classroom from orderly rows of desks to a dynamic world of project-based group work and student-driven exploration.

Can Online Courses Help Fix Teacher Professional Development?

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If we have heard it said once, we have heard it said 1,000 times: Professional Development is Broken For every time we have heard that said, we have also heard suggestions on how to fix it. Online Education Professional Development TL Advisor Blog

Transforming Classrooms with Deeper Learning

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Jennifer is the director of the educator micro-credentials initiative at Digital Promise. Deeper Learning requires a new way of teaching, changing her classroom from orderly rows of desks to a dynamic world of project-based group work and student-driven exploration.

Support English Learners with Micro-credentials from Digital Promise

Ask a Tech Teacher

Education is changing. Digital devices, be they iPads, laptops, Chromebooks, Macs, or PCs, give students access to endless amounts of web-based resources for research, inquiry, collaboration, sharing, and more. One of the leaders in this field is Digital Promise.

3 Ways Districts Can Rethink Teacher Professional Development

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According to a recent study conducted by the Gates Foundation, $18 billion is spent annually on teacher professional development. The average teacher spends anywhere from 68-89 hours in professional learning a year. Tip #2: Encourage professional learning through technology.

Hack Education Weekly News

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Education Politics. You’ll remember Gove, of course, from his role as the former education secretary and as special friend of News Corp's Joel Klein. Also speaking volumes, the publications that framed the educational fallout from last week’s referendum on EU membership in terms of how it might possibly hurt the business of British ed-tech. Tony Bates looks at “Brexit and online learning in Europe.” ” Education in the Courts.

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Class Tech Tips: How-To Find Success in Your Co-Teaching Partnership

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Professional development can take many forms. The most powerful professional learning is relevant and actionable. She is a dedicated professional and the newly elected president of the ASCD affiliate for Emerging Leaders.